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Dogs help children read in Lithuania library

Vilnius - Mona, a black flat-coated retriever, listens intently to eight-year-old Urte as she reads aloud from a children's book while they sit on a red pillow in Lithuania's grand national library in Vilnius.

Ukraine leader open to international Saakashvili probe

Vilnius - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday international experts may help justice officials probe charges that Mikheil Saakashvili, a former Georgian president now active in Ukrainian politics, received illegal Russian funding.

Pope to visit as Baltic states mark 100 years of independence

Vilnius - Pope Francis will pay his first visit to the Baltic states next year, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania mark 100 years since they gained independence from Russia, the region's three presidents said Wednesday.

Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target

Vilnius - Lithuania said Wednesday it would raise its defence spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year to meet a NATO target amid security concerns over neighbouring Russia.

US beefs up Baltic air patrol as Russia war games loom

Vilnius - The United States on Tuesday sent extra jet fighters to patrol the skies over Baltic states to reinforce its NATO allies as Russia gears up for major major military drills, Lithuania's defence ministry said.

Hard-drinking Lithuania wages battle against vodka

Vilnius - Behind a heavy wooden door next to a Vilnius church, a couple of dozen Lithuanian men are talking about their dependence on alcohol. The moderator is Kestutis Dvareckas, a priest and a decade sober.

US envoy backs fresh ceasefire in east Ukraine

Vilnius - The US special envoy on Ukraine on Tuesday backed a fresh ceasefire there to coincide with the start of the school year, a day after talks with a Kremlin official.

Lithuania to extradite $100 mn email fraud suspect to US

Vilnius - A Lithuanian man who allegedly swindled $100 million (87 million euros) from tech giants Google and Facebook must be extradited to the United States, a court ruled on Monday.

US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games

Vilnius - The United States deployed a battery of Patriot ground-to-air missiles in Lithuania on Tuesday as part of multinational NATO exercises in the the Baltic country, its defence ministry announced.

Lithuania sentences Russian spy to 10 years

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court on Friday sentenced a Russian security official to 10 years in prison for spying after prosecutors accused him of attempting to bug the president's home.

Lithuanian bishop beatified as first Soviet-era martyr

Vilnius - Thousands gathered in Vilnius on Sunday for the beatification of a bishop imprisoned by the former Soviet regime, the first such event in the devoutly Catholic Baltic EU state.

NATO holds first war games on vulnerable Baltic corridor

Vilnius - NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies, officials said Monday, amid tensions with Russia.

Robot rockers lead Lithuania's street music day

Vilnius - From folk singers to an all-robot rock band, hundreds of Lithuanian music lovers flocked streets and squares Saturday to celebrate Street Music Day in dozens of cities and towns nationwide.

US ready to add capabilities to deter Russia in Europe: Mattis

Vilnius - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Wednesday said the United States and NATO are prepared to deploy any capabilities necessary to help beef up air defence systems in the Baltic region.

Russia rejects Lithuanian bid to question Gorbachev

Vilnius - Russia has refused a Lithuanian bid to question ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev over Moscow's deadly 1991 crackdown on independence protesters in the Baltic state, justice authorities in Vilnius said Tuesday.

Facebook and Google duped out of $100 million in phishing scam

In march, news surfaced about a phishing scheme that scammed two US tech giants. At the time, the names were not disclosed, but it turned out that the victims were Google and Facebook.

Lithuania rushes to keep citizens as Brexit looms

Vilnius - As Brexit puts a question mark over the rights of EU nationals in Britain, Lithuania is rushing to let its citizens keep their Baltic passports if they opt to become British.

Historian says Lithuania's 'birth certificate' found in Berlin

Vilnius - A Lithuanian historian on Wednesday claimed to have found a rare original copy of the country's 1918 act of independence, which reestablished the Baltic state after more than a century of Russian rule.

Lithuania wants NATO command headquarters on eastern flank

Vilnius - Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday urged NATO's top general to create new alliance command centres on its eastern flank to deter Russia, calling their current location in Europe a relic of the Cold War.

Lithuanian court jails Russian spies

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court on Tuesday jailed a Russian citizen and one of its own nationals for spying for Moscow, in the latest case of espionage as tension simmers between Russia and the West.
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